Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Lewisohn mss., 1922-1937, are largely letters from literary men to Ludwig Lewisohn, 1883-1955, author and critic, and personal letters from Lewisohn to his wife, Mrs. Thelma (Spear) Lewisohn, and her mother, Mrs. Elias Spear.

The letters from literary men contain principally polite comments on Lewisohn's work, occasional criticism, and personal news. Two letters, September 2, 1933 and n.d., from Ezra Pound to Lewisohn relate to payment for work of his to be used in a Lewisohn anthology.

Lewisohn's personal letters to his mother-in-law contain occasional references to his business affairs, and those to his wife concern their courtship and periods when he was away from home on lecture tours.

Among ms. fragments by Lewisohn in the collection are: "The defeated," a one page fragment from his The island within, December 7, 1926; "Homeward road," being Part III of An altar in the fields, November 19, 1933; and early chapters of his Mid-channel, October 19, 1920. Included also are carbon copies of corrected typescripts with ms. notes of two undated sonnets, "Thinking how Sophocles, with sounding mask" and "Our joy will hold...through our deliverer Bill" by William Ellery Leonard, 1876-1944, poet and professor of English at the University of Wisconsin; and undated ms. corrections and additions by Franz V. Werfel for his Der Weg der Verheissung.

Correspondents represented in this collection include Shalom Asch, Theodore Dreiser, Havelock Ellis, Arthur Davison Fricke, Susan Glaspell, Hugo Hofmannsthal, Basil King, William Ellery Leonard, Thomas Mann, Edgar Lee Masters, Henry Louis Mencken, Ezra Loomis Pound, Elmer L. Rice, Felix Satten, Upton Beall Sinclair, Thelma Spear, Carl Clinton Van Doren, Jakob Wassermann, Arnold Zweig, and Stefan Zweig.

Collection size: 126 items

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